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Meaning of porte-cochere

porte-co•chere

Pronunciation: (pôrt"kō-shâr', -ku-, pōrt"-), [key]
— n.
  1. a covered carriage entrance leading into a courtyard.
  2. a porch at the door of a building for sheltering persons entering and leaving carriages.
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